SECDEF Hagel on DOMA Ruling
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has wasted no time issuing a full-throated statement endorsing today’s DOMA ruling:
The Department of Defense welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision today on the Defense of Marriage Act. The department will immediately begin the process of implementing the Supreme Court’s decision in consultation with the Department of Justice and other executive branch agencies. The Department of Defense intends to make the same benefits available to all military spouses — regardless of sexual orientation — as soon as possible. That is now the law and it is the right thing to do.
Every person who serves our nation in uniform stepped forward with courage and commitment. All that matters is their patriotism, their willingness to serve their country, and their qualifications to do so. Today’s ruling helps ensure that all men and women who serve this country can be treated fairly and equally, with the full dignity and respect they so richly deserve.
As I noted on another thread earlier in the day, the military case is perhaps the most compelling for why 50 state laws on same-sex marriage can’t endure long. It would be perverse, indeed, if two soldiers married while stationed at Fort Drum but were rendered effectively unmarried when ordered to Fort Bragg. And, indeed, until today, one of them could have been killed while earning a Medal of Honor in Afghanistan and his husband would have been entitled to neither survivor benefits nor even to receive the flag and medal.